BY THE NUMBERS: Positive COVID-19 cases now total 4,049, deaths at 145 in Monmouth County; Belmar remains at eight positive cases, Lake Como up one to 12 cases

TRENTON, NJ — A bill to expand paid family leave for workers who need time off to care for sick family members during the coronavirus crisis is set to be signed by Gov. Phil Murphy. 

Bill S-2374, authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, revises the state’s family leave insurance program by allowing employees forced to care for family members due to COVID-19 up to 12 weeks of leave in a 24-month period without losing their jobs, Murphy said during his daily press briefing on April 14 (see video below)

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The governor is also slated to sign legislation extending the tax filing deadline for income and corporate taxes from April 15 to July 15 and extend the fiscal year 2020 to September 30. Murphy said moving the deadline will allow the state to glean the full effects of the pandemic on the economy and to incorporate the revenue data from state income tax returns. 

Under the bill, Murphy will present a revised budget message to the legislature by August 25, he said. 

The state recorded an additional 4,059 positive cases since Monday, bringing New Jersey’s caseload to 68,824. More than 8,100 residents were in hospital as a result of the virus or under investigation for it. This includes 2,051 who were in critical or intensive care units — 1,616 of whom were on ventilators. In addition, 514 persons were discharged over the 24-hour period. 

The death toll rose to 2,805, a jump of 365, the largest 24-hour increase since the onset of the pandemic, although it was likely the result of a backlog over the Easter weekend. This included an additional 18 deaths in Monmouth County, where the disease has claimed a total of 145 lives.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli addressed the state’s intervention in long-term care facilities, which have proved to be hotbeds for the spread of the virus among populations that often don’t survive its impact. Currently, nearly 6,000 residents in some 375 long-term care facilities throughout New Jersey have tested positive for COVID-19.

“This past weekend, we sent out an administrative order prohibiting admission to facilities that cannot cohort and maintain the appropriate infection interventions,” she said. “We’ve surveyed all the long-term care facilities about their ability to cohort residents on a separate wing or floor, or their ability to place residents in private rooms with private bathrooms, and having adequate staffing and PPE (personal protective equipment).” 

Currently, 123 facilities did not meet the criteria for admission and therefore cannot accept new residents, Persichilli said. The state is working with health officials to set up temporary beds for individuals awaiting nursing home placement as they work to collect statistics and monitor the state’s long-term care facilities. 

In Monmouth County, the number of positive cases rose by 138, bringing the total to 4,003, according to county officials. While Belmar’s total remained at eight, Lake Como now has 12 cases with the addition of one new case today.

As the following breakdown by municipality accounts for 3,990 cases, it is important to note that agencies report COVID-19 information at different times every day, and verification can also result in discrepancies in the reported numbers.

  • Aberdeen: 110
  • Allenhurst: 1
  • Allentown: 3
  • Asbury Park: 77
  • Atlantic Highlands: 14
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 9
  • Belmar: 8
  • Bradley Beach: 15
  • Brielle: 20
  • Colts Neck: 48
  • Deal: 22
  • Eatontown: 119
  • Englishtown: 15
  • Fair Haven: 17
  • Farmingdale: 9
  • Freehold Borough: 121
  • Freehold Township: 338
  • Hazlet: 153
  • Highlands: 17
  • Holmdel: 130
  • Howell: 346
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 60
  • Keyport: 49
  • Lake Como: 12
  • Little Silver: 25
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 222
  • Manalapan: 308
  • Manasquan: 22
  • Marlboro: 285
  • Matawan: 102
  • Middletown: 325
  • Millstone: 46
  • Monmouth Beach: 14
  • Neptune City: 23
  • Neptune Township: 211
  • Ocean: 169
  • Oceanport: 40
  • Red Bank: 82
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 24
  • Sea Bright: 7
  • Sea Girt: 9
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 23
  • Shrewsbury Township: 5
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 15
  • Tinton Falls: 72
  • Union Beach: 26
  • Upper Freehold: 27
  • Wall: 137
  • West Long Branch: 46
  • Unknown: 2

 

 

CORONAVIRUS: STAYING ‘IN THE KNOW’

The  COVID-19 Information Hub has been created by the N.J. Office of Innovation, providing live updates, resources and other vital information on the coronavirus.

For more information on novel coronavirus, click here to access the N.J. Department of Health website and click here for the latest details from CDC. 

Anyone with questions can call the N.J. Poison Control Center hot line at 1-800-222-1222  or email ncov@dohnj.gov.

NJ 211 is handling COVID-19 related calls from residents. Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

 

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